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Bill Ardolino Piece on Navy Corpsmen in Fallujah

Filed under: General,War — Patterico @ 11:15 am

Bill Ardolino has an amazing piece on Navy Corpsmen here. An excerpt:

Within five minutes of arriving at the Fallujah-Iraqi Police Station headquarters, I was welcomed by the sound of shouts and hurried footsteps. An Iraqi policeman had been shot at the northwest perimeter of the station — a sniper had found his mark.

A crowd of Iraqis carried the groaning victim up the station’s main staircase and placed him on a litter hurriedly set down on the floor of the second-story hallway. A crowd of Iraqi Police and Marines coalesced, only to be shooed away by two Navy corpsmen rapidly assessing the gaping exit wound in the man’s stomach.

“Is he going to live?” I asked a Marine standing by on the fringes of the press.

“Dunno, his guts are hanging out.”

What a welcome.

Read it all. Bill sets it up in this blog post, which has a photo of a couple of Americans acting as civilian police officers helping out the Police Transition Teams.

By the way, I had a chat with Bill earlier today. He has some really great stuff coming up. I can’t say more. Keep your eye on INDC Journal, and throw a few bucks (and best wishes) his way.

4 Responses to “Bill Ardolino Piece on Navy Corpsmen in Fallujah”

  1. They were looking for the Iraqi policeman and it he was turned over by the government. It was a bunch of bloggers who are now going there with some guy’s security. They’re all x MSM and its Iraq and everything. It looks like the changes to the contractors makes things less safe, but they want to go anyway.

    If a Navy guy goes on about Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus, you can bet he may be a SEAL. So, why the SEAL in the police station? Because of the cop bloggers wanted to hunt down, although AP denied him.

    Ps (3d0ee5)

  2. As a former Corpsman myself, it was nice to see as story about them. Its amazing what Navy Medicine will allow a 19 year old with 14-20 weeks of training to do in the field. Many “docs” will come out of this war with more trauma experience than your average ER doctor.

    Gabriel (6d7447)

  3. I echo what Gabriel said. Now a son goes in my stead, filled with the same self confidence. Truly amazing.

    paul from fl (967602)

  4. Probably the greatest of all inter-service rivalries is that between “Jar-Heads” and “Squids”; but, you will never hear a Marine complain about a Navy Corpsman. They are the Angels of the battlefield.

    Another Drew (8018ee)

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